International Trade Commission Orders Investigation of AnalogicTech for Infringement of Linear Technology Patents

Mar 23, 2006, 00:00 ET from Linear Technology Corporation

    MILPITAS, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Linear Technology
 Corporation (Nasdaq:   LLTC), a leading manufacturer and supplier of patented
 high-performance analog integrated circuits, announced today that the United
 States International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted an investigation
 into whether Advanced Analogic Technologies (AnalogicTech) is violating
 Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act.  The ITC investigations stems from a
 complaint filed by Linear on February 17, 2006, with the ITC asserting that
 AnalogicTech's power management ICs infringe various claims of Linear's U.S.
 Patent Nos. 6,411,531 and 6,580,258.
     "We are gratified that the ITC has ordered an investigation into AATI's
 activities.  We are confident that the ITC will conclude that AnalogicTech has
 infringed Linear Technology's intellectual property," stated John England Jr.,
 counsel for Linear.
     If the ITC determines that AnalogicTech's power management ICs infringe
 Linear Technology's patents and the products are being imported into the
 United States, the ITC may order that such products be completely excluded
 from the U.S. market.  The ITC can also impose civil penalties of up to
 $100,000 (U.S.) per day in the event that AnalogicTech does not comply with
 its orders.
     The ITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that
 provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of
 government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs
 actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark and
 copyright infringement and other illegal acts of importation.
 
     About Linear Technology
     Linear Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance linear
 integrated circuits, was founded in 1981, became a public company in 1986 and
 joined the S&P 500 index of major public companies in 2000.  Linear Technology
 products include high performance amplifiers, comparators, voltage references,
 monolithic filters, linear regulators, DC-DC converters, battery chargers,
 data converters, communications interface circuits, RF signal conditioning
 circuits, and many other analog functions.  Applications for Linear
 Technology's high performance circuits include telecommunications, cellular
 telephones, networking products such as optical switches, notebook and desktop
 computers, computer peripherals, video/multimedia, industrial instrumentation,
 security monitoring devices, high-end consumer products such as digital
 cameras and MP3 players, complex medical devices, automotive electronics,
 factory automation, process control, and military and space systems.  For more
 information, visit http://www.linear.com/ .
 
     This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning
 of federal securities regulations.  These forward-looking statements include
 future events in the litigation announced.  These forward-looking statements
 involve risks and uncertainties, including those described from time to time
 in Linear Technology's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
 (SEC), that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those
 anticipated by these forward-looking statements.  In particular, litigation
 involves risks and uncertainties of duration, cost, and outcome.  Linear
 Technology assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.
 
 

SOURCE Linear Technology Corporation